"Even though I gave up two runs, I felt like I threw a lot of good pitches," Ventura told MLB.com through a translator. "My arm felt very good and my offspeed pitches were working very well."
Ventura, who pitched two scoreless innings in his spring debut, is hoping to make a bid for a rotation spot this spring. He was named the No. 29 prospect in baseball by Baseball America this preseason.
"My curveball felt good, I threw a few sliders in for first pitches -- and that was a pitch that it didn't take too long to get the feel for," Lincecum told MLB.com after the start.
Lincecum threw two scoreless innings in Monday's debut. He'll look to continue last year's improvement from a dismal 2012 season when the regular season begins.
Rosenthal has been sidelined by a groin strain this spring but completed a 15-pitch bullpen session Wednesday. He'll fill the team's closer role after going 2-4 with a 2.63 ERA and 108:20 K:BB ratio in 75 1/3 innings last season.
Heisey is up to three home runs after smacking one in his spring debut last week. He should be back in his backup role this season after hitting .237/.279/.415 with nine home runs and 23 RBI in 224 at-bats last season.
Playing in his second straight game after missing the beginning of exhibition season with a strained hamstring,
Bourgeois started at designated hitter for the second straight game as the team looks to get him at-bats in game situations, but his ability to steal a base Friday speaks well about the status of his hamstring. He's fighting for a bench spot with the Reds, one that could potentially turn into something more if speedster Billy Hamilton struggles.
Roark was filling in for Doug Fister after the latter was sidelined with elbow inflammation, and he put together a solid performance as he continues to battle for a spot at the end of the rotation. He's surrendered one run in 4 2/3 innings while striking out three and walking none this spring.
Puig's absence was excused and was likely unconnected to the shoulder soreness that has bothered him this spring. He is 3 for 17 with two doubles and three RBI in seven games.
Ledezma made 26 appearances with the Chiba Lotte Marines of Japan's Pacific League last season, going 3-3 with a 3.23 ERA and 22:13 K:BB ratio in 30 2/3 innings. He owns a 5.40 ERA in 396 1/3 career major-league innings.
Cuddyer, who said earlier Friday he was hoping to play Saturday, has been dealing with a shoulder injury the past few days after being hit by a pitch Wednesday.
Morneau has been out since the spring opener due to neck stiffness. The team will proceed cautiously with the offseason acquisition.